The Woodpecker circular, Wash Common

This walk brings you to visit Wash Common area via Horris Hill.

Technical sheet

A Newbury walk posted on 22/08/23 by Newbury Pub Walks. Last update : 28/09/23
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 6.37 km
  • ◔
    Calculated time: 1h55 
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    Difficulty: Easy

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 26 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 26 m

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    Highest point: 122 m
  • ▼
    Lowest point: 94 m
  • ⚐
    District: Newbury 
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    Start/End: N 51.368324° / W 1.351036°

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Start : The Woodpecker, Wash Common (RG20 0LU) Grid ref. SU 453 635

(S/E) Turn right out of the pub car park, and go West about 400 yards along the road.

(1) Then take a footpath on the left which leads over a bridge (into Hampshire) and follow the path forward along a tributary stream to a pair of stiles.

(2) Go left down the cottage drive to the A343 road. Cross over and take the tarmac lane, staying on the level for about 3/4 mile where a footpath diverges at a fine angle to the right.

(3) Follow this for 1/2 mile when it climbs to meet the drive of a house.

(4) Before this meets a road, take the footpath through trees that bears right (South) parallel to the road. This meets a track that curves right downhill and arrives at some cottages.

(5) Instead of going forward uphill, take the marked footpath left down the side of one of the houses, pass a tennis court on the right and follow an indistinct path through a wood, emerging through a stile and along the edge of a paddock with a ditch to the left and the fence on the right. At the end go over a stile and out through the 5 bar gate onto a lane.

(6) Turn right and follow the lane past farm buildings on the left to its end at a metal gate. Go forward about 200 yards, where the path takes a right angle turn to the right.

(7) Go across the field for about 1/4 mile to join the lane you used on the outward journey.

(8)Turn left and retrace your steps to The Woodpecker pub. (S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 96 m - The Woodpecker, Wash Common
  2. 1 : km 0.44 - alt. 99 m - Footpath left - Bridge
  3. 2 : km 0.63 - alt. 95 m - Cottage drive - Towards A343 road
  4. 3 : km 2.22 - alt. 112 m - Cherry Tree Farm - Footpath
  5. 4 : km 2.84 - alt. 120 m - Path junction - Woods
  6. 5 : km 3.49 - alt. 112 m - Cottages - Marked footpath left
  7. 6 : km 3.87 - alt. 116 m - Lane
  8. 7 : km 4.41 - alt. 109 m - Right angle
  9. 8 : km 4.88 - alt. 99 m - Road
  10. S/E : km 6.37 - alt. 96 m - The Woodpecker, Wash Common

Useful Information

Start : The Woodpecker, Wash Common (RG20 0LU) Grid ref. SU 453 635

Driving to start: About three miles from Newbury on the Andover road A343. Take the first turn right after the 50 limit sign, and the pub is shortly on the right.

Refreshments: The Woodpecker is a lively pub on the outskirts of Newbury under new management serving very good beer (Arkells) and food, though no sandwiches. Find something on the starters menu.

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